ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – On election night, Orange County voters delivered a landslide victory for incumbent Supervisor Daisy Morales, who currently serves as the Board Vice Chair of the Orange County Soil & Water Conservation District. She will retain her seat on the five-member Board of Supervisors for another four-year term.
Supervisor Morales received an overwhelming 256,116 supermajority of Orange County County’s 479,012 votes cast (63.96%) to defeat opponent Sean McQuade, who received 114,285 votes (36.04%), according to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections website.
Morales was a first-time candidate in 2014 who won the election with 84,000 (6%) of the votes to defeat three opponents.
In this year’s campaign, she embodied the meaning of conservation: She campaigned using one single hand-held sign–the same one she campaigned with in 2014 (seen below, at the Alafaya early voting polling precinct Sunday, November 4). She also raised nearly $300 for her campaign.
“This is a massive victory and I’m grateful to Orange County voters for entrusting me to serve them for another four term,” Supervisor Morales told Florida National News Tuesday.
She said she will continue to focus on implementing new board policies, recruiting new associate supervisors and volunteers, working with conservation partners, environmental justice for vulnerable populations, education and public awareness, environmental awareness tours, and her mobile office outreach initiative.
When asked about whether she would consider running for other races, such as State Representative, Commissioner or County School Board in light of the number of votes she netted, Supervisor Morales said, “If there’s overwhelming voter feedback in the future for me to run for another position, I’ll consider it, but for now I prefer to focus on making even greater strides in the position the voters have re-elected me to.”
Seat 4, held by the Orange County Soil & Water Conservation District Board Chairman Eric Rollings, was up for election this year due to Rollings’ resignation to run for the Orange County Commission District 3 seat. He was defeated in the August 28 primary election.
First time candidates Dawn Curtis and Derek Ryan ran to replace Rollings on the Board. Curtis defeated Ryan by 61.10% to his 38.90% of the total votes.
Morales and Curtis must be sworn-in on or before January 8, 2019, according to state law.